Tattoo care after tattooing is said to play an important factor in determining the quality of a worker’s product. If safety is not guaranteed during the recovery period of the open wound, your tattoo may lose pigmentation, defocus, or infection. For a beautiful tattoo that doesn’t affect your long-term health, refer to the following tattoo care steps.
STAGE 1: “CLEANING AND CARE FOR NEW TATTOO”
COMPLIANCE WITH THE GUIDANCE OF THE TATTOO ARTIST
Tattooers are the ones who understand the art of tattoo best. However, each tattoo artist will have their own technique as well as different know-how. Therefore, listening to and strictly following the useful instructions from your tattoo artist is essential to tattoo care. Because you can trust that they are all reputable craftsmen and want your products to be perfect.
DO NOT REMOVE BAND AID 2 TO 4 HOURS AFTER THE CARE AREA
To protect the wound after the tattoo, the worker will clean the surrounding skin, apply antibacterial ointment and cover the tattoo with a bandage or a plastic screen. This is an important step in protecting the open wound from dirt and bacteria. Most of the advice from tattooists thinks that the ideal time to hold the bandage is 4-6 hours. The actual adhesive time will vary, depending on the size and location of the tattoo, the amount of ink that bleeds and the type of tape you use. Therefore, you need to consult more about the advice of tattooists to know what is best for you.
WASH WOUND AND PUT CREAM IN THE CARE AREA AFTER REMOVING BANDAGE
After removing the bandage, it is advisable to rinse the wound under warm water with a mild, fragrance-free, anti-bacterial soap. Use your hands to gently remove the tattoo to remove blood, plasma or ink stains and pat dry with a towel. Absolutely do not wash the tattoo directly under the tap water if you do not want to affect the quality of the ink.
PUT MEDICINE AFTER DRYING AREA
Once the tattoo has dried completely and the skin is no longer greasy, you can apply a layer of ointment. Some trusted products that you can refer to are Bepanthen or vitamins A, D. However, note that only a very thin amount of cream is enough to shade the tattoo and rub until the cream penetrates the skin. Repeat this step for 3 to 5 days, or until the tattoo begins to flake.
CONTINUE WASHING AND PUT THE DRUG ON WOUND FOR FAST DRY
The appropriate time to wash and apply ointment to the skin is 3 to 5 times a day. Most tattooists will advise you to only use antibacterial soap and warm water to wash it until the tattoo has healed. In addition, do not apply too thick cream because the high humidity will also adversely affect the tattoo.
STAGE 2: “CARING FOR WOUND AND WAITING FOR RECOVERY OF THE TATTOO“
DON’T LET THIS CARE TO CONTACT THE SUN
Sun exposure can blister your skin and cause tattoos to fade. The best way to take care of tattoos is to cover them from the sun for at least 3 to 4 weeks.
AVOID STRONG TYPES OF MOVEMENT
For tattoos near chest, shoulder blades, arms or legs, avoid exercising, running or playing sports immediately after getting the tattoo. Strong movements will stretch weak skin and lead to damage such as bleeding, tearing the skin. Therefore, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days after getting the tattoo.
AVOID SWIMMING or SURRING IN THE WATER
The swimming pool is a place that contains a lot of chlorine bleach that easily causes the color of tattoo ink to fade. In addition to the pool water, you should also be careful not to soak in the bath until the tattoo has healed. For a reason, water in these places can contain a lot of dirt, bacteria … easily lead to wound infection.
DRESSED IN COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Perhaps this is something that few people think about in the stage of tattoo care. If you choose tight clothes, the newly tattooed skin will be easily rubbed and hard to heal. In addition, clothing can also shed new scales.
PATIENTLY WAIT FOR A SOLID TATTOO
While waiting for your tattoo product to be finished, you need to be patient. After the skin scales dry out, reschedule your tattooist if you need to refill the ink and have the tattoo checked.